6 April 2014

Saving seeds

During Gardens of Glenlyon seed-saver extraordinaire Rosemary Stevenson will have vegetable, herb and flower seeds for sale.

Rosemary has been an avid gardener all her life, and a heritage seed curator for about 20 years.

She is co-ordinator of the Pyrenees Grampians Seed Savers network, and for the past 10 years has been trialling and testing varieties suitable for the local climatic area.  The PGSS have saved several  unique locally developed vegetables and have an annual seed exchange and workshops.  These are free events usually held in Ballarat or Stawell.  People bring food to share, often made with their own produce.

Before moving to Elmhurst, Rosemary was involved in Canberra Organic Growers and helped to set up the seed bank with that group, and was co-ordinator of one of the community gardens COG managed.

She is a member of Biodynamic Gardeners and has always grown plants organically.

Rosemary says, the increasingly erratic climate and ever increasing costs of water and fuel has forced her to cut back on production of seeds, but she still grows out quite a variety.

We're lucky to have Rosemary join us for GoG - she used to sell at farmers markets but now appears only at some community events and special events - like ours!

If you can't make it to the Glenlyon Hall during Gardens of Glenlyon you can contact Rosemary by email or tel 03 5354 8393.

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